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2013 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mtn/Rutherford Blend Napa Valley
12/12/2020 - grayfont wrote:
flawed
Soaked cork, fully oxidized. Completely undrinkable.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    2/3/21, 3:25 PM - I’ve had a similar experience.

Red
2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert Syrah
3/15/2020 - Wine Gopher wrote:
90 points
Way too young. I opened on Friday and decanted 2 hours. It was tannic and closed so I audibled to a different wine for dinner and funneled this back in to the bottle and vacu-vinned. Checked in on Saturday and it hadn't evolved from Friday. Opened again on Sunday and it was still closed. Decanted for an hour and ate with a steak. Scoring off of Sunday.

After long wait it was ready to drink. Muted nose, red fruited, hint of pepper. Medium body. Very smooth at this point. Medium finish.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    3/17/20, 3:33 AM - I’m not even sure but I have 2 others and I won’t touch one until at least 2025.

Red
2015 Rôtie Cellars Southern Blend Washington Red Rhone Blend
1/17/2020 - Wine Gopher wrote:
92 points
I opened a 2013 Horsepower Grenache and this tonight. This is less than 1/3rd the price but it was so much more in-line with what I expect from Grenache and frankly better. Raspberry, strawberry, slight funk but dialed back, very smooth with no noticeable tannins and nice acidity. I would like a little more complexity with more earth or pepper but it is very good for what it is and at this price point. I'd call it a Pinot drinkers GSM blend and it reminds me of Domaine St. Prefert as a reference point.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    2/17/20, 8:43 AM - I had the HP Tribe Syrah last night with braised beef short ribs and parsnip/mashed potatoes. The pairing worked fine but I wouldn't say the combination elevated either. The SE Grenache was a month ago and I didn't post a tasting note so I can't recall what I ate with it but it definitely would have had food. I'm still trying to figure out all of the Horsepower wines. Even 8 years after vintage, they've seemed so wound up and need so much air. The flavor profile is so unique that I find myself more intellectually stimulated by them than actually enjoying the flavors. I did replace the Grenache in my annual purchase with the High Contrast Syrah but I haven't opened one yet.

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1969 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/7/2019 - sirpat00 Likes this wine:
97 points
Chappellet tasting (Napa Grill, Zurich): Part of a Chappellet tasting showing a total of 16 wines including a Prichard Hill mini-vertical (7 vintages from 1969 to 2016) attended by Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet. The one highlight I will never forget was clearly the 1969 Pritchard Hill that knocked me out of my socks. In more recent vintages the 2013-16 representatives come across less extracted and more complex that the 2007-12. The whites were decent but can't compete in the Permier League. Also had a bottle of the 2016 PNV which was unfortunately closed but showed great potential.

Tasting note:
All-embracing sensation from the first moment. Lots of fresh cigar tobacco, sweet savoury, bit of leather with a core of dark bramble berry fruit. A crescendo of aging notes still coupled with an intense fruit and baking spices. Surprisingly fresh with maybe just the very first signs of fatigue on the palate. Also an interesting phasing here with a first wave of acidity followed by a gradual creeping up of tannins that still coat your cheeks. A mind-blowing nose but with a palate that cannot quite keep up and that, I fear, could start to disintegrate slowly with too much more bottle age. But in any case this was spectacular and testament to how well Napa cabs can age. 97+
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    8/12/19, 8:23 PM - I'm very jealous. Thanks for the great notes across many of the wines I own as well as this one I could only dream of having.

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2013 Result of a Crush Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
11/3/2017 - Myrison wrote:
flawed
Purchased from Garagiste who refunded the 6 bottles, all of which were bad, without issue.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    11/3/17, 8:26 PM - Is this supposed to be a tasting note or private consumption note?

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2012 Rôtie Cellars Swordfight Washington Red Rhone Blend
2/20/2017 - Wine Gopher wrote:
91 points
For a Rotie Cellars wine, it is more fruit forward and fuller bodied than I expected but it definitely benefited from decanting. Darker fruit profile and slightly brooding--the Mourvedre really shows through.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    2/22/17, 7:42 AM - Thanks. I wasn't able to get out to WW while they were pouring 2012s. For the most part I had heard the vintage would be long-lived so I've been sitting on my 2012s. This opened my eyes that perhaps I should be drinking them earlier than I had anticipated.

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2013 Maison Harbour Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe au Moine Pinot Noir
11/28/2015 - khmark7 wrote:
88 points
Light, earthy and very delicate with good aromas. Not a wine or vintage that needs extended aging. Consumed with pheasant after the Wisconsin victory over Minnesota.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    11/28/15, 7:38 PM - That sounds terrible. Did it ruin the wine?

Red
2010 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2015 - Pedroel Likes this wine:
89 points
I thought the predominance of merlot would make this ready to drink, but that was not the case...either that or this isn't my style. Not much richness or complexity. Good, but not very good. Try again in a year or two.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    3/24/15, 7:14 PM - I'd wait longer. I have 2018 as the early-side of the drink window. Betz has a reputation for being best 10 years after vintage.

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2011 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
9/17/2014 - Rktekt3 wrote:
78 points
This sux. I actually wasted one usage of my coravin on this bottle.

At least I didnt buy the bottle. Gift.

On the plus side. It is a beautiful color of ruby red. On the nose it is nice as well. But if you are planning on drinking this, forgetaboutit.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    9/18/14, 5:39 AM - fwiw- The 2011 vintage in Oregon was very difficult. I visited in mid-October and the grapes still weren't ready to pick. My hope is that it ends up like 2007--another difficult vintage that was panned upon release--where the wines put on weight in the bottle and drink beautifully in the 2016-17 timeframe. Only time will tell though.

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2012 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
3/23/2014 - oropeza Likes this wine:
89 points
All fruit in this one. Cherries, raspberries. A little earthiness, black tea, slight graham cracker. These 2012s are ready to drink now and this one is one of the better we've had so far... a nice break from the 10s which are lovely but need time and the 11s which for my taste might work well for drain cleaner...
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    3/23/14, 8:08 PM - I view the 11's like the 07's upon release--acidic and thin. Hopefully they follow a similar maturation path and are drinking as well in 2018 as the 07s are today.

Red
2004 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2014 - alion wrote:
92 points
2 hours air. Lots of pencil lead and cedar. Dark plum nose suggests richness. But much fresher on the palate. After 3+ hours, nose becomes more exotic - red fruit, violet, cedar. Much more interesting than last year. With air, drinking well but could leave a few years. 92+
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    2/13/14, 4:42 PM - Did you do a full decant or just open the bottle and let it slowly oxidize? Thanks in advance.

Red
2010 J.L. Chave Sélection St. Joseph Offerus Syrah
8/1/2013 - Mattshank wrote:
91 points
Take this job and Chave it! (Sunfish Cellars, Lillydale, MN): Nose: Burnt toast quality with black fruits. Unique but interesting nose. Palate: Black fruits and pepper with white pepper as well. A more amped up version of the Silene IMO. Medium length finish. Very elegant and balanced. 91+ points.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    8/7/13, 9:24 PM - I believe I (Mark) sat next to you at this tasting. Great stuff.

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2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Maybe it was just me, but this wine did not have any depth and was clearly not that exciting Spanish vino that I had been anticipating. And I am stuck with 3 more bottles. Not thrilled about that.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    7/17/13, 7:58 AM - There has been a lot of bottle variation with this wine that you'll see as you go through tasting notes. I've personally drank some that sang and some that had an off-putting dill flavor. Don't despair at having three more; cross your fingers and pull the next cork.

  • Wine Gopher commented:

    7/18/13, 5:31 AM - If Rioja is having two different bottles from the same case taste very differently then I guess it is just Rioja rather than bottle variation.

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2010 Maison Bleue Jaja Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
Seriously hot. Not going to get better. I consider this flawed by the winemaking process. They should have shut down the yeast way before the ABV got this high. Thin sweet tannined dark fruits. This wouldn't be touched in Southern France for $25US. Why would anybody buy this when Guigal, Perrin & Fils and just about everybody else makes stellar cdR when compared to this. I don't think I will buy Maison Bleue again.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    7/14/13, 9:35 PM - Before you swear off Maison Bleue I recommend the 2010 Maison Bleue Grenache Le Midi Boushey Vineyard. It is $10 more than the Jaja but it blew my mind and was completely understated Grenache.

Red
2010 Proper Wines Syrah Walla Walla Valley
6/28/2013 - Wine Gopher wrote:
93 points
Decanted for an hour and drank with appetizers. In a lineup with QC Palengat, Continuum Novicium, Chappellet Cab Franc and a grenache from Maison Bleue. This was the WOTN for multiple people and I scored it even with the Maison Bleue at the top of the list.

Light-medium body, complex with dark fruits, spice and funk you typically find in the WW Rocks area this wine is notable for its plush tannins and acidic backbone. This was my last of 3 bottles. I feel like I need to find some more of this. I planned to hold it longer and see how it develops but I knew friends would like it so I couldn't resist sharing.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    7/1/13, 1:50 PM - Fortunately, I was able to secure a couple more bottles today. The quality-to-price ratio is hard to beat here.

Red
2007 Olsen Estates Syrah Heritage Yakima Valley
Popped and bonged (Vinturi). Monster extraction and up front sweetness of fruit and oak but after an hour it completely fell apart. No structure and no elegance. I keep waiting for the WA epiphany; this isn't it.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    6/25/13, 9:49 PM - I popped my first bottle tonight. I like WA wines but this did nothing for me if that makes you feel any better that it might be on the horizon. Personally, I recommend Maison Bleue. This wine really impressed me: https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1405704

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2010 Waters Tremolo Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend
11/25/2012 - SonomaWilliam wrote:
91 points
A Walla Walla syrah under 13& alc, in neutral oak. Bravo & wow.
Not sure how I missed Waters at #WBC in Walla Walla, but I won't if I return.

92% Syrah, 8& Grenache

The color is fairly clear, lighter purply brick hue you can see through.
The nose is slightly funky, meaty, in a good way. Rose petals, spice.

Its light & savory in the mouth. Elegant, not too complex, but layers of nuance & subtlety you can pull apart, or simply quaff & enjoy.

Per other reviewers notes, I don't find anything 'typical' about this syrah, nor would I call the acidity anything crazy or overly bright.
Its balanced & elegant.

Bravo. Will have to try more of the portfolio.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    4/24/13, 4:43 PM - I recommend the Forgotten Hills Syrah. It was the best we tasted at the winery.

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2009 White Rose Estate Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard Dundee Hills
4/12/2013 - shaferguy91 wrote:
90 points
Decanted 2 hours.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    4/19/13, 10:37 AM - I recall drinking this at the winery and thinking it would need a few years to unwind so I'm curious how it has developed. Was the 2 hour decant enough? Did it continue to improve throughout the bottle? Would you drink it now or sit on the next bottle for a few years? Thanks in advance.

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2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/19/2013 - Sleepy Dave wrote:
92 points
Alcohol :: 14%
Slight dark garnet core than the 98. This is not really showing and I only able to get hint of smoked meat, dried fig paste, kitsch and spices. Not expressive but it is focus and lifted. Medium bodied. Soft entry but expands on the palate effortlessly with complex flavors growing. It has good depth and intensity but the wine remains fresh and delineated. The tannin is ripe and firm but well integrated which giving the rounded, silky mouthfeel with good energy driving to the really long, persistent finished.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    4/19/13, 8:01 AM - If you only had one bottle, would you drink it soon or give it additional time?

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2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
I think this is on the downhill now (or at least my most recent bottle suggested that it is). Light cherry and strong oak with notable acidity. It just seems to have less depth and was more unidimensional than before. Drink up!
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    4/15/13, 10:31 AM - Fwiw-there has been a lot of bottle variation for this wine. It may have just been the bottle. The last one I opened 4 months ago was stellar and had years to go.

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2010 Continuum Novicium Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/11/2013 - CK6865 Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for 3 hours, nice wine not great , needs to be paired with food , overall a little disappointed , but it is cheaper than Continuum by alot ,will pass on next offering
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    3/11/13, 6:50 PM - I was thinking the same. I'll probably hold off on buying any more Novicium until the 2012 vintage when the overall vintage looks much stronger across Napa.

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2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/11/2012 - VTCellarDweller Likes this wine:
93 points
This has been an extremely polarizing wine based on the TN history on CT and WB posts. Bottle variation is the obvious thing to latch onto, but that is an effect, not the cause.
I won't speculate on a cause for it and will comment only on what I have tasted as it has been filtered through my own biased preferences, 40 years of enthusiastic tasting, and personal palate sensitivity at this stage of my life.
We purchased 2+ cases of this from three different east coast merchants over a five month period in 2011. The wines are now racked in our cellar with no way to determine which bottles came from any particular seller. They are part of a 12+ case section of 2001 Rioja in our cellar. Needless to say, I am a big fan of this vintage.
With that preamble, we have opened two of these bottles this year both of which were excellent and evidenced none of the dill pickle, overly acidic, rubber tire character described by many who have given this wine poor marks.
The bottle we opened last night was decanted for 3 hours before serving. It offered nuanced aromatics with a flavor profile and mouth feel that is close to my original tasting note of 7/16/2011. Yes there is still a significant presence of American Oak evidenced by prominent vanilla and coconut but this has integrated noticeably and the tannins have softened since the first bottle 18 months ago. It has rounded out developing a more moderated and refined presentment. Hopefully we will not encounter any of the ugly bottles that some of the others have.
Based on my experience, this is a beautifully balanced wine with exceptional potential and a distinctive personality that some will like and others may detest.
  • Wine Gopher commented:

    12/11/12, 9:23 PM - I'm with you. Great wine. The bad reviews seem odd to me.

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